Admissions FAQ

Quick Answers for Prospective Students

  • How do I know if Aspengrove is the right school for my child?

    As part of the inquiry process, we help you to better understand our programs and determine if Aspengrove might be the right fit for your child. An Aspengrove student is curious and reflective. They strive to do their very best and are looking to develop into a well-rounded learner. While we do not focus solely on academics, we do expect an Aspengrove student to be able to meet the challenges of the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum within a caring and supportive environment.

  • When is the best time to submit an application?

    We have a rolling admissions policy and are pleased to accept applications for all grades throughout the school year. However, we recommend submitting an application in early fall, as we process the bulk of the first round of applications in early January. Some families choose to apply a year in advance of their child’s anticipated start date. 

  • Do you have a waitlist?

    Our waitlists change from year to year. We encourage families to start an application so that they can be added to the waitlist and considered should a space become available.

  • Do you accept students in the middle of the year?

    If we have space, we will consider enrolling students mid year. This decision depends on several factors, including your child’s readiness for the program and the current class composition.

  • What are the steps in the application process?
    1. Inquire via email, phone call, open house, or school tour
    2. Complete the online application form (contact our Admissions Office for the link)
    3. Submit supporting documents
    4. Submit application fee
    5. Student assessment 

    Find more details on our Admissions page

  • What does the assessment entail?

    The assessment is just one part of the application and helps the school determine your child’s readiness for our program. Learn more here

  • When will I know if my child has been accepted?

    Space availability is determined once our current families complete the re-enrollment process in early February. Thereafter, applicants who have completed the full application and assessment will be informed of enrollment decisions mid spring. We will continue to accept applications and make offers until classes are filled. 

  • Do you accept international students?

    Yes. The level of English language proficiency required depends on the grade level to which the student is applying. We also offer one-on-one and small group English Language Learner support to students whose first language is not English. Learn more on our International Admissions page.

  • Do you have a homestay program?

    At this time, we do not have a homestay or boarding program.

  • Does Aspengrove offer a second language?

    Yes. Our students receive French instruction from a French teacher starting in Junior Kindergarten 4. Many of our students graduate with a strong command of the French language and may continue their studies in university. Students can also take Spanish starting in Grade 11.

  • Do you offer sibling discounts?

    Yes. Aspengrove School has a progressive sibling discount on tuition fees, meaning that the second and third child to attend the school receive a 5% discount and subsequent children receive a 10% discount.

  • Do you offer scholarships and bursaries?

    As a not-for-profit independent school, we rely on tuition to cover our operating expenses. However, we are pleased to offer scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships are available to students currently enrolled in Grades 6 to 11 and are based on merit. We have a bursary program based on financial need for families from Kindergarten to Grade 11. New families are able to submit a financial aid application upon acceptance to Aspengrove. Learn more on our Scholarships & Bursaries page.

  • Upon acceptance, how much am I going to pay in my first year at Aspengrove?

    You will pay a one-time Admissions Fee as well as your child’s tuition for the school year. There are options to pay in full and in monthly installments. Tuition monthly installments begin each February for the upcoming school year. Learn more on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • Do you offer bus service?

    Aspengrove has two bus routes (North & South routes). We try to accommodate our families by servicing the majority of neighbourhoods in which our families live, from South Nanaimo to Qualicum.

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